Safer more efficient care starts with a simple scan
HSE Procurement hosts Irish Healthcare User Group (HUG) seminar to examine the benefits of, and requirements for, barcode technology across the healthcare supply chain
The HSE Dr Steevens Hospital was the venue for the Irish Healthcare User Group (HUG) seminar on 4th November last. Over 80 senior leaders from Irish healthcare were present, with representatives from both the supplier and healthcare provider communities in attendance.
“Safer more efficient care starts with a simple scan” was the theme of the meeting. The presentations, delivered by guest speakers from across the clinical, regulatory and commercial worlds, looked at the wide ranging benefits to be accrued from the adoption of unique identification numbers and barcode scanning - right across healthcare, from procurement to theatre and bedside scanning.
Individual Health Identifier (IHI)
The event opened with a presentation from Richard Corbridge, CIO HSE. Mr Corbridge emphasised the requirement for a standards-based approach for Unique Identification saying “we can’t deliver without GS1 and data standards - we need to be able to identify all parts of the care journey”. He outlined plans for the launch of the Individual Health Identifier which will be based on the GS1 identifier for patients.
Unique Identification with a GS1 GTIN
John Swords of Health Business Services, the HSE’s Procurement Division, outlined how procurement is building on existing successful implementations of track and trace in Irish healthcare. Lighthouse Projects such as surgical instrument and endoscope tracking, as well as haemophilia medication management, use the GS1 GTIN as the single identifier, supporting a single system and one voice for health.
‘GTIN is just another name for a barcode. The most fundamental thing is to start with the GTIN and get your master data right,’ said Pat Tracy Group Operations Director, DCC Vital who spoke at the seminar about the ‘opportunity or cost’ of implementing GS1 standards. Mr. Tracy continued that regulation is mandating this change for suppliers, so industry must embrace it. He commented that while implementation will cost money there are opportunities for suppliers, big and small, in automating the order-to-cash cycle.
Michael Kelly, former Secretary General for the Department of Health and Board Director of GS1 Ireland and Chair of the Healthcare Committee moderated the event. Mr. Kelly outlined the opportunity for Ireland to leverage learnings from best practice both in Ireland and internationally. He pointed to the benefits of uniquely identifying patient, provider, product, place and procedure enabling the capture of information and outcomes based analytics. With work underway on the single financial management system the timing is right to ‘design in’ GS1 standards from the start, for a joined up system approach.
Presentations from the HUG - HSE - GS1 Breakfast Briefing held on 4 November 2016 in Dr. Steevens' Hospital are available below to download.
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Speakers & Presentation Files (pdf)
- Richard Corbridge, CIO HSE and CEO eHealth Ireland - Welcome address on behalf of the HSE "Catering for ONE with eHealth Ireland"
- HSE GS1 HUG Presentation Richard Corbridge
- Chris Tulloch, Deputy Medical Director and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon of North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Trust. "GS1 Standards improving clinical effectiveness and patient safety"
- HSE GS1 HUG Presentation Chris Tulloch NHS
- Colm Henry, National Clinical Advisor Acute Hospitals, HSE. "Challenges and solutions: Patient safety in Irish Hospitals."
- HSE GS1 HUG Presentation Colm Henry HSE
- John Swords, Head of Procurement, Health Business Services, HSE & member of GS1 Ireland Healthcare User Group. "Future of procurement for improved patient safety in Irish healthcare."
- HSE GS1 HUG Presentation John Swords HBS HSE Procurement
- Pat Tracey, Group Operations Director, DCC Vital. "Perspective from a small and large suppliers – Opportunity or Cost?"
- HSE GS1 HUG Presentation Pat Tracey
- Joan Cahill, Director, Packaging & Delivery Systems, Pfizer and representing IMVO. "Regulatory update on Falsified Medicines Directive – timelines and implications for Irish healthcare."
- HSE GS1 HUG Presentation Joan Cahill Pfizer IMVO
- Nicola Hickie, Medical Devices Assessor, HPRA (Health Product Regulator Authority). "Regulatory update on Medical Device regulation (Unique Device Identification) – timelines and implications for Irish healthcare."
- HSE GS1 HUG Presentation Nicola Hickie
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